Shadows on the Sea

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 256 pages
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The U.S. is at war with Germany. Fourteen-year-old Jill Winter's mother is traveling to Newfoundland and must pass through the treacherous North Atlantic, where German submarines -- U-boats -- stalk like wolves. Jill's father, a famous pop singer, is on tour, so Jill is sent to Winter Haven, Maine, to stay with Nana.
Quarry, a local boy, says that "gossip ain't never been so good," and Jill soon discovers he's right -- Winter Haven is full of secrets and rumors. It seems everyone has something to hide -- even Nana! Jill doesn't know whom to trust, and she's worried for her mother's safety. And things get even worse when she finds a wounded carrier pigeon with a coded message attached to its leg.
Jill is determined to get to the bottom of all these mysteries, but when she uncovers the biggest secret of all, she finds herself in grave danger -- and must run for her life!

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User Review  - Selena Lundy - Goodreads

I read this back when I was in middle school, and I think it's one of the books that turned me into a book lover. I read this so quick that I had to have my mom send a note to the teachers so that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Eliana - Goodreads

I read this for school and did not like it I feel like the writing is awful and repetitive. Jill seems more like an eight year old than a fourteen year old. It was so hard to get through Read full review

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Joan Hiatt Harlow is the author of several popular historical novels on the McElderry list, including Secret of the Night Ponies, Shadows on the Sea, Midnight Rider, Star in the Storm, Joshua’s Song, and Thunder from the Sea. Ms. Harlow lives in Venice, Florida. For more information, visit her at

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